The former Huskers' quarterback is getting a big opportunity.
An injury to a former star Big 12 quarterback is Tanner Lee's gain. The former Nebraska QB is getting a big opportunity.
Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph was picked to play in the Senior Bowl - the ultimate exhibition game for NFL hopefuls - but he's not going to be able to. Rudolph, one of the top QB prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft class, has a minor foot injury.
"Mason Rudolph's foot injury is a frustrating one -- he'd hoped to be cleared at today's appointment so he could play in the Senior Bowl. The foot sprain is minor and he'll be fine in two weeks. But still, he wanted to be on the field in Mobile with his brethren," reported NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Rudolph's injury means another quarterback has been selected to play in the game. Nebraska's Lee got the call.
Lee isn't a senior, but the NFL ruled it was OK for him to play in the game. "Tanner Lee takes his spot. Big arm talent, a late draft eligible ruling by the NFL," said Rapoport.
This is a major opportunity for Lee, who left Nebraska with eligibility remaining. He's not considered to be one of the top QBs in the class, but there are plenty of scouts who really like him.
Lee entered the 2017 season with a lot of hype and didn't fully live up to it. He threw for more than 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns, but tossed 16 interceptions and completed less than 60 percent of his passes.
The former Tulane quarterback still has extreme confidence in his game. He feels he can compete with anyone.
"I feel I could walk on the field and play and throw with anyone. I don’t want to sound cocky or anything. I think it’s just confidence," he told Jim Rome.
The Senior Bowl is set to be played on Saturday, Jan. 27. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. E.T.